How to View Hidden Devices in Windows 10, 8, 7

Sometimes when you connect a device it won’t show up in the file manager. Or when you wanted to view hidden ports for updating the drivers you cannot see it. Because the unused devices might be hidden by default.

Viewing hidden devices attached to the communication ports in windows is easy. Follow these below steps to view the hidden devices on your Windows computer running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

How To View Hidden Devices Using Command Prompt for Windows 7

In this method, we are going to view the hidden devices by using the command prompt

Step 1: Press the Windows key ( Win Key) and Run Key simultaneously (win + Run)

Step 2: Then type cmd.exe in the dialog box and press enter. Or simply search for Command Prompt on Windows search box on the start menu and open it.

How to View Hidden Devices in Windows

Step 3: The Command prompt windows will open. Then type the following command “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1” in the command prompt and press the enter key.

How to View Hidden Devices in Windows

Step 4: Then type “cd windowssystem32” and press the enter key to change to the System32 directory.

How to View Hidden Devices in Windows

Step 5: To open Device Manager Type start devmgmt.msc and press the enter button.
After pressing the enter key the device manager will open on your windows device.

Step 6: Click on the View menu in the device manager and click show hidden device to view devices in your windows computer.

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View Hidden Devices for Windows 10 or Windows 8.

  1. Open your device manager using the run command ( Windows Key + R) and type in devmgmt.msc and press the enter button. Or you can search for “Device Manager” on your Windows 10 search box and open it.
  2. Your Device Manager window will open.
  3. Click on the View menu option and enable the “Show Hidden Devices option” as shown in the screenshot below.
  4. This will show the devices that are hidden on your device manager for you to troubleshoot.
View hidden devices in windows

I hope you were able to view the hidden devices by following our tutorial on your Windows machine.

Do let us know your comments below if you face any issues while trying to view hidden devices on your computer running Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 Operating System.